ALL THE FILMS I’VE EVER SEEN
(AND SOME I THINK I’VE SEEN OR SHOULD SEE)
BOLD – seen and should see again
Normal – seen
Italics – haven’t seen but interesting
BOLD ITALICS – haven’t seen, but ought too.
BMX Bandits 1984
Australia has a film industry – it has the sun. Need to see this for the moral tail it tells to early teenagers.
One of the best. And from Australia again. From a book by Dick King Smith.
Babes in Arms 1939
Not seen it. Put of by Mickey Rooney in anything. Like the theme in which the teenage children of retired vaudevillians put on a show.
The Baby and the Battleship 1956
Two sailors hide an Italian baby on their battleship. (So this is how the hapless men with a baby idea began)
Baby Boom 1987
Diane Keaton. As the review points out ‘It lacks any particular distinction.’
Baby Doll 1956
From the play and screenplay by Tennessee Williams.
The Baby of Macon 1993
There was a period when I had to see everything that had been touched by Peter Greenaway – I gave up after Tempest and never saw this either. Perhaps I should.
Baby’s Day Out 1994
The Home Alone formula with a baby. The trailers were enough. I’ve seen it on this basis alone.
Bachelor Mother 1939
A farce I should see that starred Ginger Rogers and David Niven.
Back to the Future 1985M
How to do it with the mad professor and ‘teenager’
Back to the Future II 1989
Back to the Future III 1990
Where the idea of trilogies or making two sequels back to back began. ‘Accelerates with wit, ideas and infectious, wide-eyed wonder.’ Variety. (Just what you want a review to read from a mass market family flick such as this).
Bad Day at Black Rock 1955
Spencer Tracey. The guilty town motif started here.
A road movie I should see for its take on disaffected youth.
Baghdad Cafe 1988
Got this as a freebie on a Sunday Paper. Loved its simplicity, the clarity of the character arc it follows and the melange of actors, with the exception of C C H Pounder who over acted through-out.
Disney Animation Classic
The Band Wagon 1953
I will have seen several Fred Astaire films without being able to name any.
Bandit Queen 1994
Great when a woman takes revenge against men like this.
How empowering a cop’s uniform becomes to a wronged woman.
The Barbarian Invasions 2003
Canadian must see film
Barbed Wire 1927
A French girl falls for a German POW during WWI.
Barefoot in the Park 1967
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda are perfect in this Neil Simon play. As a child I couldn’t phantom why anyone would spend several days in their hotel room and never come out 😉 I’ve had fun reliving these days on a number of occasions – bed, a bit of food and sex between lounging in the bath, showers, sunbathing nude with the windows open … but never leaving the room and never getting dressed!
Barton Fink 1991
Ethan and Joel Coen at their best.
Basic Instinct 1991
Crude and clichéd but it made millions.
The one with Michael Keaton
Batman Begins 2005
The latest one with Christian Bale.
Batman & Robin 1997
The one with George Clooney and a cast that turns it into a Hollywood Panto Ensemble piece. Made $233m
Batman Forever 1995
Val Kilmer is dreadful but the film made $333m
Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973
Who can’t attach the voice of Roddy McDowall to every one of these.
Battle of Britain 1969
A family evening out before my parents split – all I recall is the horror of the dead WAFS, dressed like my grandmother, laid out after an air raid.
Battle of the Bugle 1965
Battle Royale 2001
One to see
The Battleship Potemkin 1925
Sergei Einstein. One of the benefits of living in Paris was to see films such as this projected in a cinema.
The Beach 2000
Danny Boyle one on from Trainspotting with Leonardo di Caprio (when it should have been Ewan McGreggor)
Beau Brummel 1954
Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov and Robert Morley … typical BBC 2 midweek, midafternoon fodder for the nearly deceased.
A Beautiful Mind 2001
Jennifer Connelly has escaped the clutches of Labyrinth and Russell Crow shows that he can act. A terrific portrayal of a troubled mind. Directed by Ron Howard.
Beauty & the Beast 1991
Disney animation at its best.
Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole as Becket and Henry II respectfully.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971
Seen as a family when I was nine? Had the parents not split up by then, when trips to the Odeon via the Milk Maid had become a thing of the past. A frequent repeat on BBC.
Must have seen it. Panned by the critics, probably loved by the preteen audience.
Must have been early outings for Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.
Being Human 1994
Why Bill Forsyth’s directing days are over. Intriguing premise. I’d like to see it to be warned away from this kind of thing.
Being John Malkovich 1999
Need to see this one for its weirdness and appeal.
Being There 1979
Yes. It is compelling with Peter Sellers.
Belle de Jour 1967
Catherine Deneuve directed by Luis Bunuel. Have I seen it, or just reviews?
La Belle Noiseuse 1991
I fancied it because you get to see Emmanuelle Beart naked – this sight subsequently put me off the film. He gamine, even petite exterior exposed child baring hips, hefty thighs and calves to match. As someone who once loved to draw girls (it was a teen thing) and his girlfriends naked (into my twenties) I found the subject appealing and my mother (an artist) and I were impressed the way they cut between the actor and the hand/skill of a real artist to give the thing credibility.
The Belly of an Architect 1987
For me, Peter Greenaway at his best. A compelling characterisation that uses character actors, not stars. Brian Dennehy.
Ben Hur 1959
With Charlton Heston. The notes suggest the 1925 version is more worthwhile.
Bend it Like Beckham 2002
A delightful, if predictable film that could have and could still put class, gender, age or cultural differences against each other. A springboard for Kiera Knightly (16/17 at the time of shooting?) and Parminder Nagra who has made it to ER but no further?
Betty Blue 1986
Jean-Jacques Beineix – one of my favourites, with Beatrice Dalle. So many great moments, the best being the orgasmic opening.
Beverly Hills Cop, 2 & 3 1984, 1987, 1994
Eddie Murphy at his best. An audience pleaser. Where has he gone?
Beyond Bedlam 1994
Vadim Jean was ‘it’ for a short spell. ‘Profound failures’ such as this will have seen him off.
(If I want Art, I’ll buy a painting)
Bicentennial Man 1999
Could have been better … much better. Should have been a TV mini-series. Just shows how hard Science-Fiction is to bring to the screen. Beware. Much science-fiction is best left in the book and in the mind of the beholder.
Or Vice-Versa, or Turnabout. Same premise, often repeated, rarely bettered with Tom Hanks in the lead.
The Big Blue 1988
Luc Besson. Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno … and even Rosanna Arquette. I loved it so much I sat through the 168 minute version in a French Cinema.
Big Fat Liar 2002
I loathe it but the kids then 7 and 9 loved it and keep watching it. They like the idea of taking revenge on an adult who is a ‘big fat liar’ and the method of revenge is EXACTLY what a child would want to do. Put it in the same league as Home Alone – I bet video/DVD sales are fantastic.
The Big Lebowski 1998
Joel and Ethan Coen. Haven’t seen it. Must!
The Big Sleep 1946
Have I seen this? Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall. Surely.
Big Trouble in Little China 1986
Kurt Russell with too much eye shadow.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 1988
Keanu Reaves and Slex Winter. Why not. My kids like it. Napoleon on a flume … the best bit.
Billy Elliot 2000
Julie Walters and Jamie Bell directed by Stephen Daldry.
Billy Liar 1963
Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie show how painful it is to love and lust at any age or in any era.
Biloxi Blue 1988
Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken. Surely I’ve seen it.
The Birds 1963
Tippi Hedren gets it in the eye, doesn’t she?
Black Beauty 1971
My sister might have better recollection of this. Patrick Mower and John Nettleton are the types you’d expect to see.
Black Knight 2001
A worker in a medieval theme park is transported back to the Middle Ages. Interesting. Bodyguard 983, which I wrote in 1990, is exactly this premise. I’d better take a look.
Black Rain 1989
Michael Douglas. As predictable as the annual Christmas Pantomime.
Blackbeard the Pirate 1952
Blackbeard’s Ghost 1967
On telly for the second time in 12 months just recently. Nonsense with Peter Ustinov.
Wesley Snipes hokum.
Blade II 2002
I may have seen this, or the other, or both. What’s the difference?
Blade Runner 1982
Ridley Scott with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah. Some film, some cult to follow.
The Blair Witch Project 1998
I can’t believe I haven’t seen it. Do I need to?
Blazing Saddles 1974
Mel Brooks. My brother’s favourite film because of the farting round the camp fire when they eat baked beans. I think. Have I even seen it? Surely I have?
Blow Out 1981
With John Travolta. Awful when Nancy Allen is snuffed. So why is Brian de Palma supposed to be so good?
The Blue Lagoon 1949
Not seen the original, but would like to. Novel by H de Vere Stacpoole.
The Blue Lagoon 1980
This was my dream and that of my girlfriend – she was 16, I was 19 – who would blame us. Age 13 I tried to write something along these lines which I later called ‘Adam & Evie’ – same idea, two pre-adolescents alone on a spaceship/island headed for New Earth. Get it? Brooke Shields. Yep. Could have done with more sex under the waterfall and more of her belly as it grew … and what about the biggest moment of all. Birth itself!!! Come on guys, babies don’t grow on trees.
Blue Velvet 1986
I prefer mine Betty Blue. Kyle MacLachlan and Isabella Rossellini, with Dennis Hopper creating the character that Anthony Hopkins turns into ‘Silence of the Lambs.’
The Blues Brothers 1980
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Enjoyable, but I never got on board this they way I may have taken to The Rocky Horror Story, Back to the Future or Star Wars.
Das Boot 1981
A marvel. Wolfgang Petersen wrote and directed.
Body Snatchers 1993
Scary, but you still want to get into Meg Tilly’s knickers afterwards.
The Bodyguard 1992
With Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Good pop video.
Bonnie & Clyde 1967
Warren Beaty and Fay Dunaway.
Bonnie Prince Charlie 1948
Boogie Nights 1997
Porn star in the 70s. It works! (Without becoming pornographic)
With Mark Wahlberg.
Born Free 1966
Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers. I had the honour of cooking them dinner in 1987 when they came to their friend’s house Tommy Plaistowe, Alma Square,St John’s Wood.
The Borrowers 1997
From Mary Norton’s books, brought up to date by Gavin Scott with whom in a few conversations were tried to get some new project going of his called ‘The Tower.’
The Boyfriend 1971
Twiggy. And I had a chance to be the boyfriend in an Oxford University version.
Boys Don’t Cry 1999
Hilary Swank is a girl in the early 90s who decides to live as a boy. She won an Oscar for this. I need to see it.
Brain Waves 1982
A brain dead accident victim is brought back to life with the brain-patterns of a murder victim with disastrous results.
A brain dead accident victim is brought back to life with his pre-stored brain-patterns with disastrous results.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992
Gary Oldman hams it up under Francis Ford Copola’s direction with Winona Rider in here somewhere too.
Brassed Off 1996
Tedious with Peter Postlethwaite who should NEVER be a lead.
William Wallace played by Mel Brooks. Never convinces as a young man … he gained 20 years while his childhood sweetheart picked up 10.
Terry Gilliam directs, Jonathan Pryce stars. The first video I bought. Probably cost £30.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961
Old enough to be my mother, but Audrey Hepburn is delightful, gamine, sexy and fun. My kind of girl for a while.
Breaking the Waves 1996
I need to see this. With Emily Watson.
The Bridge over the River Kwai 1957
Alec Guinness and his skinny POWs build a bridge while the Japs stick ‘em.
Bridget Jone’s Diary 2001
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004
A Bug’s Life 1998
Better than Antz (which I still may not have seen)
Bugsie Malone 1976
Alan Parker’s big break. Jodie Foster was the only one who could act (and sing?)
Bullets over Broadway 1994
Woody Allen at his best directing John Cusack.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
Paul Newman and Robert Redford at their best. The more time passes, the more you see it as hippies from 1969, rather than train robbers from the Wild West.